Three Potential-Limiting Distractions to Watch Out for

How Your Desires and Fears Can Take You Off Course

All distractions can steal your time, but some distractions can steal your potential. Even though all distractions can take you off course, these potential-limiting distractions can make you think that you are still on the right road.

Potential-Limiting Distractions

These potential-limiting distractions play upon your desires and fears. If you do not keep these desires and fears in check, these potential-limiting distractions can make you think you’re doing what’s best. But they will prevent you from realizing God’s best for you.

Here are three potential-limiting distractions to watch for in your life.

Why You Are Not Disqualified to Serve God

Even When You Mess Up Again and Again

There will be times that you feel you can do nothing right. There will be times you will feel that you can’t get your spiritual life on track. You’ll feel at times that you are poisoning the relationships you have with others. You will feel at times that you can’t get a handle on the sins that you commit. But that doesn’t mean God is finished with you. Because you are not disqualified to serve God.

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When you continue to stumble in specific areas of your life, you can still be used by God. Don’t hear what I’m not saying. You should NOT be content to sin and cause havoc in your life and in your relationships. It is important to admit the sin, repent of it, hate the sin, and put it away from you. But it is OK if you still wrestle with sin in your life. The key is that you keep wrestling.

The enemy of your soul will try to convince you that you are useless to God. The enemy of your soul will try to tell you that you might as well give up and give into the temptation. But you are not disqualified to serve God because of your sin. It’s how you handle it that matters.

Here are some heroes of the faith from Scripture who had sin issues—but God used them nonetheless because they were not disqualified to serve Him.

How You Can Clean Up Your Mess and Start Over

Sometimes things don’t go quite as you planned. Or they completely flop. And you have to clean up your mess. And figure out how to start over.

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It’s never easy to deal with disappointment—or even outright failure. It’s tempting to brood about it. Or to ignore it. Or to deny it ever happened.

I have lost count of the number of times that I have had to process what went wrong. And I know it’s no fun to have to admit that things didn’t work out.

But disappointment and failure can be great teachers. If you are willing to be taught by them. Based on my own experience, here are three steps you can take to clean up your mess and start over.

How Will You Change You in 2018?

You Will Be the Same Person in Ten Years—Unless You Change Three Things

As you think through what you want to do differently in the coming year, it’s important to think through how you will change you in 2018. You can’t change your circumstances until you change yourself first.

Change You

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is insanity. Do not do that to yourself. If you want to have different results, you must change you first.

You will be the same person in ten years that you are right now—unless you change these three things.

How to Move Forward After a Job Loss

Three Steps to Re-Imagining Your Future

You walk into work on a Friday morning, thinking about all that you have to do that day and what you want to do that weekend. Soon after you get in, your boss calls you into his office. After you sit down, he tells you that you no longer have a job at that organization because your services are no longer needed there. He then informs you that you need to pack up your desk by the end of the day. And for the rest of the day you think through how a job loss will impact your financial situation.

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Can you relate to this? This is a difficult experience to go through. You have to fight thoughts of worthlessness and worry. Because a job loss feels like an attack on your identity. But it shouldn’t be.

You are not your job. You are not what you do. Because you can change what you do. And a job loss can be a great blessing if you look at it the right way.

After a job loss, you can move forward and not just move on. Here’s how.

How to Build True Self-Confidence

True self-confidence can be elusive. Even though people may project a confident exterior, they usually deep down harbor a lack of self-confidence.

True Self-Confidence

But people who genuinely are self-confident are oftentimes not self-aware. They don’t realize that their self-confidence is ill-founded. Because they don’t really know who they are. As a result, they deceive themselves.

True self-confidence has to start inside you. It will not come from things outside you. But it can be confirmed from things outside you.

Here’s how you can build true self-confidence.

Don’t Believe Everything You Think

Watch out for “Stinking Thinking” at These Three Times

Soon after my book Dear Boss: What Your Employees Wish You Knew became a #1 best seller in three categories, my thinking went into a downward spiral. I developed a defeatist attitude about the book, about myself, and about life. After about a day of wallowing in this funk, I realized I had to give myself a talking-to. Because I had to remind myself what was true. I had to remind myself that the book had 30 endorsements. I had to tell myself it received 18 glowing reviews. And I had to say out loud to myself that I thought it was a good book. Because I knew that I can’t believe everything I think.

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There will be times that you will have similar situations. You will feel beat down by circumstances—and sometimes you won’t even know why. You will get negative thought patterns stuck in continuous loop and you won’t know how to get out of it. That’s why you can’t believe everything you think.

Because those defeatist days will come, it’s important to know when they will come. Using biblical accounts as illustrations, here are some times to watch out for “stinking thinking.” Because you can’t believe everything you think.

Ten Questions to Evaluate Your Life Direction

Make Time This Year to Determine If You Are On the Right Road

It’s easy to get off track in your career, in your marriage, in your life. That’s why it is important to evaluate your life direction.

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There are many times I have gone into a room and forgotten why I went in the room to begin with. At one point I was aware of the purpose I was to go in the room for, but by the time I got there I forgot what that purpose was.

That same thing can happen in life as well. You might achieve a milestone but forget why it had been important to you.

Take time to consider these ten questions. Think through your life direction so that you can become the person you want to be—while you can still change course.

How to Live up to Your God-Given Potential

This One Thing Will Change the Way You See Everything

Most people don’t discover God’s vision for their lives. Even if they did discover what God’s vision for their life was, they wouldn’t believe that they could do it. As a result, most people are frustrated with their lives. Because they don’t live up to their God-given potential.

God-given potential

Here’s a simple exercise.  Answer the following questions:

  1. Do you believe that God is all powerful?
  2. Do you believe that God can use any instrument to accomplish his purposes?
  3. If God called you to achieve something you thought impossible, could you accomplish it?

That’s why you need to see yourself as God sees you. Here’s how you can find out God’s vision for your life, so you can live up to your God-given potential.

How to Make Time for Your Priorities

Why Integration—Not Balance—Should Be Your Goal

I once heard someone say, “Priorities are what gets done. Everything else is just talk.” You have the time for all your priorities. You just have to make time. Not by balancing your priorities, but by integrating your life.

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When I say integrating, I am talking about the opposite of compartmentalizing. When you see your life as a whole—and not the sum of parts—then you will better be able to make time for what is important. Besides, you will never be able to achieve balance in your life. Something will always outweigh everything else in your schedule. But if you integrate your life, you can make time for what is important to you.

Here’s how you can integrate your life to make time for your priorities.